Medicine Lake Regional Trail

Minnesota

Medicine Lake Regional Trail Facts

States: Minnesota
Counties: Hennepin
Length: 15.64 miles
Trail end points: South End of Elm Creek Park Reserve off of James Deane Parkway (Maple Grove) and 13 Avenue N and S. Shore Drive west of US 169 (Plymouth)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9210944
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Medicine Lake Regional Trail Description

Medicine Lake Regional Trail offers a plethora of experiences along its nearly 16-mile length. Kicking off in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in the north, the trail cuts a swath through the Maple Grove suburb of Minneapolis, passing shady hardwood groves and reedy marsh on the way to Fish Lake. Continuing southward, the trail before it enters the French Lake Regional Park and then moves to hug the eastern shoreline of Medicine Lake, offering panoramic views of the water. It terminates by intersecting with the Luce Line Regional Trail, another part of the extensive Three Rivers Park District’s regional trail system. Medicine Lake Regional Trail offers a quick and quiet escape in a suburban setting with rich, varied scenery. Bridges and tunnels provide crossings across major roadways, making for comfortable biking for families with children.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking available in Elm Creek Park Reserve (12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove) near the northern trailhead at CR 81 and Elm Creek Boulevard. At the opposite end of the trail, West Medicine Lake Park (1920 W. Medicine Lake Drive Plymouth) has both parking and beachside amenities including picnic shelters, restrooms and drinking fountains. Remember to make your way to the eastern shoreline however, to get onto the Medicine Lake Regional Trail.  

Medicine Lake Regional Trail Reviews

I needed to drop off some papers for my son in Maple Grove so we decided to get in a bike ride in that area. I searched Maple Grove, MN and discovered the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. The closest parking for us was at Fish Lake park. We went south out of that park and quickly discovered it WAS NOT a rail trail. My wife only lasted about 4 miles before she had enough. Our total bike ride was less than 8 miles although she can usually do between 20 and 25 miles. I just now checked and the trail is marked "non-RT" which I am now sure means that it's not a Rail Trail. The trail itself was okay for me although going south put us in a residential area rather than in the woods. Maybe going north would have been better but I'll never know now.

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